Françoise Huguier

Guest photographer at the Planche(s) Contact festival in 2017

It's not logical, but it's normal ©Françoise Huguier, for Planche(s) Contact 2017
It's not logical, but it's normal ©Françoise Huguier, for Planche(s) Contact 2017

It's not logical but it's normal

Françoise Huguier crossed Africa from East to West in the footsteps of Michel Leiris in 1988. In 1992, she discovered the Malian photographers Seydou Keita and Malick Sidibé and in 1994 created the first Biennale of African Photography in Bamako.
The adventure of fashion, backstage and in the workshops for 25 years, earned her publications from 1983 in Libération, then Vogue, The New York Times magazine, ID Women's wear, Marie Claire ...
From 2001 to 2007, she photographed community apartments in Saint Petersburg. A book on this work entitled Kommunalki was published by Actes Sud in 2008. Then a film in camera: Kommunalka (production Les films d'Ici, presented at Cannes in 2008) and an exhibition of the same name at the Rencontres d'Arles in the same year.
In 2014 a monographic exhibition is dedicated to her at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Pince moi je rêve. She published the same year her autobiography: Au doigt et à l'œil - Portrait d'une photographe - Sabine Wespieser Editeur.

Françoise Hugier about her exhibition, C'est pas logique mais c'est normal:
"Since 2010, the Festival Planche(s) Contact declines the theme of Deauville, so I proposed to photograph in social housing, in line with my research around Paris for the society of Greater Paris. That is to say, to meet a family for a day, listen to them and photograph them in their interior environment. Thanks to the communal center of social action and to the teams of the City hall, I was able to photograph four families, in four apartments. This interested me all the more because we were in the middle of elections, presidential and legislative, and no candidate was really talking about this population, which is always the abandoned.

The important thing is to gain their trust before shooting. First of all, in a casual conversation, I ask the inhabitants about their life, their family... I also give myself up, it's an exchange. While I talk, I look around, to anticipate what I will frame, take pictures of. After a while, the women offer me to visit their apartment, and tell me about their difficulties, their joys, their struggles. When I was doing portraits of directors for Libération, I was present at the interview, which allowed me to know the gestures of the character and to imagine the photo. I practice the same way today, except that I also do the "interviews". Then, it becomes a game between the person I photograph and me. I propose a situation, she suggests another one, it's a collaboration. 

I want to continue this photographic research to go beyond the clichés of Deauville, to show another side of it. Maybe also with a documentary, like I did on the community apartments in St. Petersburg."


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